He’s back!

Former President Barack Obama gave the keynote address at a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored “Goalkeepers” event in New York City last night. And to nobody’s surprise, he slammed GOP efforts to repeal his signature legislative initiative, Obamacare.

An excerpt:

So when I see those people trying to undo that hard-won progress, for the 50th or 60th time, with bills that would raise costs or reduce coverage, or roll back protections for older Americans or people with pre-existing conditions – the cancer survivor, the expecting mom, or the child with autism, or asthma, for whom coverage once again would be almost unattainable… it is aggravating.

And all of this being done without any demonstrable economic, or actuarial, or plain common sense rationale — it frustrates. And it’s certainly frustrating to have to mobilize every couple months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents. But… typically that’s how progress is won. And how progress is maintained, on every issue, we have to stand up for each other, recognize that progress is never inevitable, that it often can be fragile, it’s in need of constant renewal, and our individual progress and our collective progress depends on our willingness to roll up our sleeves and work, and not be afraid to work.

Watch:

Transcript here.

Too bad, Stephen — he’s not coming back:

As for coverage on the cable news channels last night, CNN went with Obama while MSNBC went with real news:

And now that his Obamacare pitch is out of the way, it’s time to get paid … by Wall Street, that is: